Publication number | US20050105473 A1 |

Publication type | Application |

Application number | US 11/011,343 |

Publication date | May 19, 2005 |

Filing date | Dec 14, 2004 |

Priority date | Aug 3, 2000 |

Also published as | US6885746, US7738354, US8477590, US20030112967, US20100246805 |

Publication number | 011343, 11011343, US 2005/0105473 A1, US 2005/105473 A1, US 20050105473 A1, US 20050105473A1, US 2005105473 A1, US 2005105473A1, US-A1-20050105473, US-A1-2005105473, US2005/0105473A1, US2005/105473A1, US20050105473 A1, US20050105473A1, US2005105473 A1, US2005105473A1 |

Inventors | Robert Hausman, Stefano Galli, Kenneth Kerpez |

Original Assignee | Robert Hausman, Stefano Galli, Kenneth Kerpez |

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Patent Citations (18), Referenced by (23), Classifications (17), Legal Events (10) | |

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US 20050105473 A1

Abstract

Crosstalk between subscriber loops used to transmit different broadband services through the same bundled telephone cable is a significant limitation to providing digital subscriber line services. A method for estimating the crosstalk, identifying the sources of the crosstalk and predicting additional sources of crosstalk are disclosed. The crosstalk sources are identified in the frequency domain by maximizing the correlation with a “basis set” of received crosstalk PSDs which consist of the cascade of a finite set of known transmit PSDs types times a representative set of crosstalk couplings. Multiple crosstalk types are identified with a technique of successive spectral subtraction. Once a type is identified the crosstalk disturber is compared against all other members of the complete set for that type. Additionally, Mutliple Regression (MR) techniques and a Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm are used to increase the ability of the system and method to identify various crosstalk disturbers. The identification of the crosstalk disturber is then used to perform crosstalk cancellation and spectrum management in a DSL system.

Claims(19)

measuring the power spectral density of the noise present on a subscriber loop;

correlating the power spectral density for said subscriber loop with a predetermined set of power spectral densities for a group of possible crosstalk disturbers; and,

selecting the crosstalk disturber having the most closely correlated power spectral density; and,

refining the selection of the crosstalk disturber using a matching pursuit (MP) algorithm.

subtracting the power spectral density for the identified crosstalk disturber from the measured power spectral density of said subscriber loop using spectral subtraction to generate a residual power spectral density;

correlating the residual power spectral density with the predetermined set of power spectral densities for the group of possible crosstalk disturbers; and,

selecting the crosstalk disturber having the most closely correlated power spectral density to the residual power spectral density, and refining the selection of the crosstalk disturber using a matching pursuit (MP) algorithm.

measuring the power spectral density of the noise present on a subscriber loop;

correlating the power spectral density for said subscriber loop with a predetermined set of power spectral densities for a group of possible crosstalk disturbers; and,

selecting the crosstalk disturber having the most closely correlated power spectral density; and,

refining the selection of the crosstalk disturber using the FOCal Undetermined Problem Solver (FOCUSS).

subtracting the power spectral density for the identified crosstalk disturber from the measured power spectral density of said subscriber loop using spectral subtraction to generate a residual power spectral density;

correlating the residual power spectral density with the predetermined set of power spectral densities for the group of possible crosstalk disturbers; and,

selecting the crosstalk disturber having the most closely correlated power spectral density to the residual power spectral density, and

refining the selection of the crosstalk disturber using the FOCal Undetermined Problem Solver (FOCUSS).

measuring the power spectral density of the noise present on a subscriber loop;

matching the power spectral density for said subscriber loop with a predetermined set of power spectral densities for a group of possible crosstalk disturbers using a best basis selection technique to identify the set of crosstalk disturbers;

Description

This application is a divisional application of application Ser. No. 10/209,547, filed Jul. 31, 2002. The present application also claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/309,075 filed Jul. 31, 2001 and entitled “Method Of Identifying The Quantity And Type Of Crosstalkers Disturbing A Subscriber Loop” and is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/922,064 filed Aug. 3, 2001 and entitled “Crosstalk Identification For Spectrum Management In Broadband Telecommunication Systems.”

This invention is related to the identification of crosstalk between subscriber loops transmitting high bandwidth telecommunication services through bundled telephone lines or cables, particularly to identification of crosstalk in digital subscriber line (“DSL”) service loops. Identification of the crosstalk enables minimization of its effect through crosstalk cancellation, and as part of the spectrum management of the local plant in a telecommunications system. Identification of the crosstalk disturbers is accomplished through a variety of methods including Multiple Regression (MR) analysis and an application of a Best Basis Set (BBS) problem with a sparse solution including use of a Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm.

The mainstay of the telephone company local network is the local subscriber loop. The local subscriber loop is now being used to provide broadband digital telecommunication services such as DSL service. Such broadband DSL services include integrated services digital subscriber network (“ISDN”), high-rate digital subscriber line (“HDSL”), asymmetrical digital subscriber lines (“ADSL”) and very high rate digital subscriber lines (“VDSL”) technology. DSL services allow residential and business customers to send and/or receive digital data at higher rates of speed than were previously possible using analog modern technology.

DSL technologies are engineered to operate over a class of subscriber loops, such as nonloaded loops (18 kft) or Carrier Serving Area (CSA) loops (9 to 12 kft). Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology exploits the existing, ubiquitous, copper telephone loop plant to provide megabit per second (Mbps) high-speed Internet access and other services.

The great majority of residential customers and many business customers are served by such metallic (copper) twisted pair cables connected from a local switch in the central office (“CO”) to the subscriber's land-line telephones. For each subscriber, telephone and DSL signals travel on a single twisted pair from a central office (CO) to the subscriber. Many, sometimes thousands, of twisted pairs are wrapped together in a single cable. The twisting of the pairs keeps the average amount of electromagnetic coupling between the balanced circuits on each pair to a low level, resulting in low crosstalk coupling between different circuits at voice frequencies. Twisted-pair cabling was designed and built to carry voice services, requiring only a very low probability of intelligible crosstalk at voice frequencies, generally up to a few kHz.

Crosstalk generally increases, however, with increasing frequency, and because DSL frequencies extend into the MegaHertz (“MHz”) range, crosstalk becomes the major limitation to high-speed DSL. Because a number of individual twisted pairs are wrapped together in a binder, and a number of binders are in each telephone cable (there are typically 12, 13, 25, 50 or 100 pairs in a binder) the crosstalk between pairs in the same binder is much higher than it is between pairs in different binders. Telephone cabling can be thought of as a multi-input, multi-output interference channel with crosstalk in-between from 12 to 100 channels, although there are typically a smaller number of high-power crosstalkers in each pair.

DSL technology is still fairly new. The general approach to date has been to treat each signal on each twisted pair entirely separately, and to assume that crosstalk is simply additive Gaussian noise of which nothing is known. With this approach, subscribers can enjoy relatively high-speed service, far faster than voice-band modems, up to multiple Megabits per second (“Mbps”). This is the current static approach to DSL spectrum management.

As time progresses it is expected that there will be many more DSL users each demanding higher speed service. This will result in more crosstalk and higher-bandwidth services that are more vulnerable to crosstalk. Without accurate systems and methods for identifying crosstalk, canceling such crosstalk and thereby carefully managing the available frequency spectrum in local loop plants there may be no way to avoid problems that will ultimately result in customer disappointment, delay and higher costs.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Working Group T1E1.4, being responsible for DSL standards on ISDN Basic Access, HDSL and ADSL, initiated a project in 1998 to develop relevant standards for spectrum management. ANSI Standard T1.417-2001, Spectrum Management for Loop Transmission Systems, was approved and issued in January 2001. This ANSI standard applies relatively rigid rules uniformly across the entire loop plant. There have been a number of proposals for new DSL systems, for example the class of symmetric DSL (“SDSL”). Unfortunately, this creativity complicates the problem of spectrum management, as is apparent from Table 1, which shows the nine currently agreed classes of DSL systems.

TABLE 1 | ||

Spectrum Management Classes | ||

Spectrum | Deployment Guideline, | |

Management | max loop length EWL | Included DSL |

(SM) Class | 26 gauge kft | Technologies |

Class 1 | all nonleaded loops | ISDN |

SDSL ≦300 kbps | ||

2-line & 4-line DAML | ||

Class 2 | 11.5 kft | SDSL ≦512 kbps |

Class 3 | 9 kft | HDSL and 784 kbps |

SDSL | ||

Class 4 | 10.5 kft | HDSL2 (single-pair |

HDSL) | ||

Class 5 | all nonloaded loops | ADSL, CAP/QAM |

RADSL, G.lite | ||

(partial-overlapped) | ||

Class 6 | Not defined | VDSL |

Class 7 | 6.5 kft | SDSL ≦1568 kbps |

Class 8 | 7.5 kft | SDSL ≦1168 kbps |

Class 9 | 13.5 kft | Overlapped, echo- |

canceled ADSL | ||

**110** representing Class 1 and line **180** representing Class 9 with the others represented respectively in between. To comply with the ANSI standard, the PSD of the signal transmitted by a piece of equipment must fall under the template at all frequencies. This will generally be verified during manufacture, but if problems arise in the field the local operator will need to resolve incompatibilities and complaints, possibly including identification of systems that are transmitting in violation of the standard.

Current rules for DSL spectrum management assume static worst case crosstalk types and crosstalk couplings. These rules do not take into account the individual types of crosstalk sources or crosstalk couplings related to a particular pair in a cable, which may be considerably different than the near worst-case couplings that are assumed in the ANSI standard. Dynamic spectrum management would take into account the individual types of crosstalk sources and crosstalk couplings of each particular cable, and could greatly increase the number of customers that can be provided DSL service and their bit rates. Thus, a system that can characterize crosstalk on a loop-by-loop basis has the potential to yield a better crosstalk characterization of the plant. Furthermore, the use of such crosstalk data in a loop spectrum management database, in turn has the potential to be mined, correlated and exploited to provide more optimal performances for individual subscriber loops.

It would be desirable to have a technique that could characterize the crosstalk environment on a loop-by-loop basis, in a mechanized and highly accurate manner without the need for special equipment or intervention at the subscriber's location.

Further it would be desirable to use the automated system for the identification of crosstalk for the spectrum management of DSL systems.

Therefore, it is desirable to have a means for identifying crosstalk between local loops that will enable a system operator to identify actual or potential crosstalk disturbers depending on the configuration of the DSL services being provided to a plurality of customers.

In accordance with the present invention a method and system for the identification of crosstalk in high-bandwidth DSL systems are used to ensure spectral compatibility between a number of DSL lines/subscribers in a loop plant providing a means for spectrum management in a local loop plant.

A novel method for crosstalk identification in the frequency domain computes the correlation coefficient between the measured spectrum and a set of pre-defined PSDs that may be viewed as a crosstalk basis set. The size of the basis set may be managed through the use of a singular value decomposition of the complete basis set in accordance with the type of crosstalk disturber.

In the method of the present invention the measured power spectral density of a subscriber loop is correlated with a predetermined set of power spectral densities for a group of possible crosstalk disturbers and the crosstalk disturber having the most closely correlated power spectral density is selected as the identified disturber. Once identified, the power spectral density for the selected crosstalk disturber is subtracted from the measured power spectral density of said subscriber loop using spectral subtraction and the resulting power spectral density is again correlated with the predetermined set of power spectral densities for the group of possible crosstalk disturbers to identify additional disturbers.

The method may also employ Multiple Regression (MR) techniques or the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm for finding an optimal sparse representation of a vector from an overcomplete set of vectors. These techniques can be employed to increase the accuracy of the crosstalk disturber identification method using correlation or can be used in place of the correlation method.

The method may be applied to a DMT receiver capable of receiving a signal, r_{i}(k) and capable of generating a set of decisions {circumflex over (D)}_{i}(n), from decision variables Q_{i}(n), and channel estimates Ĥ(n). A data slicer extracts the set of decisions {circumflex over (D)}_{i}(n), from decision variables Q_{i}(n). A crosstalk PSD estimator estimates the power spectral density of the crosstalk disturber based on the set of decisions {circumflex over (D)}_{i}(n), the decision variables Q_{i}(n) and the channel estimates Ĥ(n) and a crosstalk identifier identifies the type of the crosstalk disturber by correlating the estimated power spectral density of the crosstalk disturber with a set of possible disturbers and selecting the disturber exhibiting the maximum correlation. Furthermore, a crosstalk predictor may be added to predict the p-th order linear MMSE prediction of the crosstalk disturber. The prediction may be used to cancel the effect of the crosstalk disturber in the DMT receiver.

The identity of crosstalk disturbers can also be sent to an Operations Support System (OSS) for the management of the broadband spectrum available for a plurality of subscriber loops. The information could also be used to cancel the effect of the crosstalk disturber in a DSL receiver.

**18** comprising twisted pair copper wire connect two subscribers **20** to a central office (“CO”) **12** or remote terminal (“RT”). Near-end crosstalk (“NEXT”) **30** between the two loops may be present at the end of loops where the disturber's transmitter is located (either at the CO or the RT) while far-end crosstalk (“FEXT”) **40** may be present at the end of the loop **18** opposite to where the disturber's transmitter is located.

Twisted-pair wire **18** can be considered a multi-user channel by expressing the received signal vector as

*Y*(*f*)=*R*(*f*)+*N*(*f*)+*H*(*f*)*D*(*f*) (1)

where R(f) is the received message vector, N(f) is the vector of independent background noise, D(f) is the vector of transmitted signals creating crosstalk on nearby pairs, and H(f) is the matrix of crosstalk couplings. In the case of near-end crosstalk (NEXT), R(f) is transmitted from one end of the cable and D(f) is transmitted from the other end. The received crosstalk H(f)D(f) can be canceled, minimized or otherwise treated so as to be less interfering than white noise.

The twisted-pair multi-user channel is generally time invariant. Crosstalk couplings may vary as the temperature of the cable changes, but only very slightly. The crosstalk sources may turn on and off, but not very often because the main application of broadband service is “always on” Internet access. Time invariance allows the possibility of very accurate estimates of crosstalk coupling using large sample sizes. Joint statistics can be obtained by a “third-party” operating a third party system, which is connected to all lines through communications links to the modems, and the knowledge of all the transmitted data could be used to estimate the crosstalk couplings. A “third-party” or operations center having access to multi-user crosstalk statistics would be far more capable of diagnosing crosstalk problems than an uninformed technician.

Received crosstalk can be measured by temporarily connecting measurement equipment to a single pair while crosstalk couplings could be measured by connecting measurement equipment to multiple pairs. The accuracy of estimates depends strongly on which elements of the multi-pair cable may be accessed, for example crosstalk couplings can be estimated accurately by accessing data from both transmitters and receivers. Crosstalk parameter estimation can be performed off-line using very many samples of data. Knowledge of crosstalk parameters can be useful for spectrum management and maintenance purposes and can also be used at run time to enhance modern performance.

There are many vagaries in the telephone outside plant, some older cables have poor crosstalk performance. Unanticipated problems from crosstalk are likely to occur and may be extremely difficult to diagnose.

The method of the present invention can be performed in any single receiver. The first step is identification of the type of DSL line that is generating the crosstalk. To accomplish this a receiver estimates which varieties of DSL are generating crosstalk. This can be accomplished because there is actually a small number of common crosstalker types at high frequencies: T1 lines, integrated services digital subscriber lines (ISDN), high bit-rate digital subscriber lines (HDSL), single-pair high bit-rate digital subscriber lines (HDSL2), asymmetric digital subscriber lines (ADSL), and symmetric digital subscriber lines (SDSL). Single-pair high-speed digital subscriber lines (G.shdsl) and very-high rate digital subscriber lines (VDSL) are also likely to become possible sources of crosstalk soon. Each of these crosstalker types has a unique crosstalk power spectral density (PSD), and this PSD is estimated with classic matched-filter correlation techniques. The basic implementation of the method is described by steps **310**, **320** and **330** of

Referring to **200** having a processor **210** in communication with a memory **220** (which can comprise either primary memory, such as RAM, or secondary memory, such as a magnetic disk drive or other storage media or a combination thereof) and input/output (I/O) unit **230**. I/O unit **230** is adapted to receive data indicative of the power spectral density of one or more subscriber loops **18**. Display **260** may be used to display graphical and/or textual information related to the PSD measurements and crosstalk identification. Other input/output devices (not shown) may be used in conjunction with the computer **200** such as a keyboard, mouse, touchpad, trackball etc. in order to provide a user interface.

Processor **210** executes the method steps described herein as stored in memory **220** in order to identify the crosstalk on one or more subscriber lines **18**. Additional software may also be executed to generate the PSD from the measurements input through I/O unit **230**. Alternatively, a separate test measurement device capable of measuring the PSD for the various subscriber loops may be attached to I/O unit **230**.

The identification algorithm is extended to the case of multiple crosstalkers by a process of successive estimation and cancellation using spectral subtraction described in greater detail below.

Knowledge of the type of crosstalkers could be used for crosstalk cancellation in a DSL receiver. Once the type of the crosstalk source is determined, then the correlations of the source of the crosstalk are known, assuming correct decisions. These correlations are used to construct an optimal set of weightings for a type of predictive filtering that minimizes the received crosstalk power before detection in the receiver. The coefficients of the predictive filter are predetermined based on the known properties of each of the types of crosstalk.

Sources of crosstalk are often called “disturbers.” There are two types of crosstalk: near-end crosstalk (NEXT) and far-end crosstalk (FEXT). NEXT is more powerful than FEXT, particularly below about 1 MHz where many DSLs use overlapping spectra. If there is one crosstalker, then the received crosstalk PSD is the product of a PSD transmitted on a nearby pair times the crosstalk coupling transfer function. With multiple crosstalkers the received crosstalk PSD is the linear sum of each component. **100** having N twisted pairs of copper wire **18**. Lines **40** of **18** while lines **41** represent the NEXT between the first and last pairs of copper wire **18**.

Crosstalk can be characterized in terms of power-sums. For a given pair in a binder group, the power-sum NEXT is formed from the sum of the pair-to-pair NEXT coupling powers of the other pairs in the binder group into this given pair. For a typical 25-pair binder group, the 25 power sums are shown in

For a 25-pair binder group there are 300 distinct pair-to-pair couplings (assuming symmetry). Examples of six measured pair-to-pair NEXT couplings from a binder group of twisted pair wires **18** are depicted in

The received signal on pair number k can be expressed as

*Y* _{k}(*f*)=R_{k}(*f*)+*N* _{k}(*f*)+Σ_{i=1,i≠k} ^{N} *H* _{ik}(*f*)*D* _{i}(*f*) (2)

where R_{k}(f) is the received message signal, N_{k}(f) is independent background noise, D_{i}(f) is the signal transmitted on pair i, H_{ik}(f) is the crosstalk coupling between pair i and pair k, and the crosstalk received on pair k from a system transmitting on pair i is H_{ik}(f)D_{i}(f). Crosstalk has a number of elements which may be identified or estimated: the crosstalk coupling H_{ik}(f) between each pair, the crosstalkers' transmitted spectrum D_{i}(f), sequences of sampled received crosstalk, etc. DSL modems can measure crosstalk samples. Assuming correct decisions, the received sampled sum of crosstalk and noise is easily obtained in each receiver by subtracting R_{k}(f)={circumflex over (R)}_{k}(f) from Y_{k}(f). These samples and their statistics can be exploited to improve the performance of the receiver. Often a process of successive estimation and cancellation is performed where the most powerful crosstalk disturber is first estimated and subtracted, then the next most powerful and so on.

If crosstalk is measured while a DSL system is running, what is measured or estimated is the crosstalk in the bandwidth of the considered DSL system. For this reason, other DSL services running on adjacent pairs may not be detected if their bandwidth is not significantly overlapping, with the bandwidth of the disturbed system. A typical example would be ISDN crosstalk into non-overlapped downstream ADSL. If this is the case, there is little performance degradation for the considered DSL service but, from a spectrum management point of view, it may be important to have an accurate map of all the services that generate crosstalk into a given pair. Moreover, it may also be important to identify the services that are generating crosstalk on a pair that may not even be carrying DSL services. An accurate map of all the services that generate crosstalk into a given pair is an impossible goal to achieve via modem-based methods of system identification if the considered pair is not in use. In this case, the way to achieve such a complete description of the crosstalkers is to perform a preliminary PSD measurement, e.g. via a spectrum analyzer or a selective voltage meter.

An important aspect of the crosstalk identification algorithm is a calculation of crosstalk correlation in the frequency domain. The correlation receiver is known to be an optimum detector in the case of equally likely transmitted signals with known waveforms transmitted over an AWGN channel. It is mathematically equivalent to the matched-filter receiver which can be shown to maximize the output signal to noise ratio by using Schwarz's inequality. The basic structure of a correlation receiver is used here, except that it is adapted with known transmitted signals but unknown crosstalk couplings.

The correlation coefficient ρ_{x,y }between two data arrays X={x_{1}, . . . , x_{N}}and Y={y_{1}, . . . , y_{n}} with standard deviations σ_{X }and σ_{Y }and means μ_{X }and μ_{Y}, is defined as

The correlation coefficient is a measure of how well the two data sets move together (positive values) or move apart from one another (negative values).

The data array Y={y_{1}, . . . , y_{N}} is the measured crosstalk power spectrum density (PSD) of the unknown DSL disturber. The data array X={x_{1}, . . . , x_{N}} is a reference or basis crosstalk PSD profile caused by a known DSL disturber. Each basis set of crosstalk PSDs is generated from a single canonical set of measured strong pair-to-pair crosstalk couplings and a specific type of transmitted DSL PSD. Each type of transmitted DSL PSD is multiplied by all of the canonical crosstalk couplings to generate a basis set for that DSL. The assumption is that a member of this basis crosstalk set is highly correlated with any crosstalk that is strong enough to be troublesome or measurable. An example of a canonical set of pair-to-pair couplings is shown in

The basis set of T1 disturber NEXT PSDs for this example is shown in ^{th }disturber power for a given DSL type obtained from the ANSI 1% NEXT model as defined in the Spectrum Management Standard, T1.417.

There are several ways of determining the canonical crosstalk PSD basis set. The basis set Ξ≡└x^{(1) }X^{(2) }. . . X^{(P)}┘ is the full rank N×P matrix containing all the canonical crosstalk PSDs. Vector X^{(i)}≡[X_{1} ^{(i) }X_{2} ^{(i) }. . . X_{N} ^{(i)}]^{T }is the i-th crosstalk PSD belonging to the canonical basis and X_{l} ^{(i) }is its sample at frequency f_{l}. Vector a≡[a_{1 }a_{2 }. . . a_{P}]^{T }contains weighting coefficients and E≡[e_{1 }e_{2 }. . . e_{N}]^{T }is an error vector. The presence of the error vector E is due to the fact that the measured crosstalk Y is due to a pair-to-pair coupling function that may be close, but not equal to, a coupling in the canonical basis.

Identification of the crosstalk disturbers is generally improved with increasing dictionary size. Large dictionaries, however, imply searches with high computational complexity. The chosen size for the canonical set is a trade-off between accuracy and computational complexity. As described above, a canonical PSD basis set can be formed by using all the available measured pair-to-pair crosstalk couplings and combining them with all the DSL types under consideration. This approach, however, yields a very large basis set. To reduce the size of this large basis set, the crosstalk power within each DSL type can be ranked with only the first B vectors with the smallest crosstalk loss sum being chosen. The crosstalk loss sum is obtained by dB summing over the frequency samples in the band of interest.

The similarity of crosstalkers of the same type (but different pair-to-pair couplings) is much greater than the similarity of crosstalkers of different types. The present invention exploits this observation by applying the following method. For each type of crosstalkers, the dominant dimensions from the space spanned by all the PSD's for that type are extracted. Vectors corresponding to these dimensions are then used in lieu of the complete set of crosstalkers for that type. After the type of crosstalker is identified, the search for pair-to-pair couplings in the basis that is closed to the actual one is done within the subset of the original (and large) basis pertaining to the identified crosstalker type.

To obtain the above-described vectors, the set or matrices of all possible PSD couplings Ξ is partitioned into A sub-matrices pertaining to each type of crosstalker or disturber, j. Performing a Singular value Decomposition (SVD) on each of these sub-matrices results in the following equation:

≡^{(j)} *=U* ^{(j)} *D* ^{(j)} *V* ^{(j)}′, 1*≦j≦A,* (4)

where U^{(j) }and V^{(j) }are orthogonal and D^{(j) }is a diagonal matrix containing the singular values. Given the number of dimensions q_{j }that are desired to be used to approximate Ξ^{(j)}, the columns of U^{(j) }are extracted which correspond to the q_{j }largest singular values. These columns are then used as the basis for the crosstalkers of the given type. Note that this new basis has

vectors and is much smaller than the original one (i.e., {tilde over (P)}<<P). Moreover, all vectors in each U^{(j) }are orthogonal, thus mitigating any multicollinearity issues associated with the old basis.

This new and reduced-size basis enables us to identify efficiently which type(s) of crosstalk exist in the sample, but not which particular pair-to-pair couplings are associated with the crosstalk. However, after identifying the crosstalk types, we can rerun the analysis using the subset of the original crosstalk basis associated with that type of crosstalker. Practically, we have decomposed the original search problem among P=A×B vectors, into two search problems, the first one among {tilde over (P)}<<B vectors, the second one among B vectors.

In the method of the present invention for the case of a single disturber, the measured crosstalk PSD is correlated as described in the last subsection with each of the basis PSDs, and the identification is simply the type of crosstalker which has the highest correlation. In the examples set forth herein, most common DSL types are simulated: ISDN Basic Rate Interface (BRI), HDSL, T1, ADSL, 400 kbps SDSL, 1040 kbps SDSL, 1552 kbps SDSL, and HDSL2. All transmit system PSDs are as defined in the Spectrum Management Standard, T1.417. ADSL and HDSL2 have different PSDs upstream and downstream.

An unknown disturber's NEXT PSD is shown in

TABLE 2 | ||||||||||

Basis | ISDN | ADSL | SDSL | HDSL2 | HDSL2 | |||||

Coupling | BRI | HDSL | T1 | Down | ADSL Up | SDSL 400 | 1040 | SDSL 1552 | Down | Up |

1 | 0.0324 | 0.1823 | 0.3225 | 0.1947 | 0.2427 | 0.3052 | 0.2976 | 0.7503 | 0.6244 | 0.0888 |

2 | 0.0257 | 0.2582 | 0.0009 | −0.1045 | 0.3102 | 0.2526 | 0.4596 | 0.9022 | 0.637 | 0.0861 |

3 | 0.0351 | 0.2094 | −0.0486 | −0.1852 | 0.2615 | 0.302 | 0.2132 | 0.4523 | 0.4871 | 0.1039 |

4 | 0.0389 | 0.1989 | 0.2199 | 0.0722 | 0.2535 | 0.3036 | 0.2788 | 0.7056 | 0.6259 | 0.0946 |

5 | 0.0315 | 0.2136 | 0.0012 | −0.1415 | 0.2645 | 0.3008 | 0.4201 | 0.9124 | 0.6439 | 0.0899 |

6 | 0.0331 | 0.1907 | 0.1528 | −0.1465 | 0.2545 | 0.3044 | 0.3726 | 0.8638 | 0.637 | 0.0856 |

7 | 0.0297 | 0.2579 | −0.0507 | −0.0769 | 0.2833 | 0.2911 | 0.2906 | 0.7818 | 0.699 | 0.1378 |

8 | 0.0599 | 0.1617 | 0.396 | 0.0398 | 0.2301 | 0.3004 | 0.3241 | 0.8039 | 0.6282 | 0.0803 |

9 | 0.0259 | 0.3438 | 0.5703 | 0.5072 | 0.3035 | 0.2492 | 0.5109 | 0.8657 | 0.6328 | 0.1057 |

10 | 0.0273 | 0.3209 | 0.4956 | 0.3835 | 0.3055 | 0.2686 | 0.4642 | 0.9776 | 0.6718 | 0.3113 |

11 | 0.0309 | 0.2483 | 0.3381 | 0.3841 | 0.2787 | 0.2942 | 0.3842 | 0.9262 | 0.6589 | 0.1137 |

12 | 0.05 | 0.1763 | −0.2645 | −0.2905 | 0.2382 | 0.3009 | 0.2794 | 0.771 | 0.633 | 0.087 |

13 | 0.0258 | 0.3359 | 0.7741 | 0.2253 | 0.307 | 0.252 | 0.4791 | 0.8263 | 0.6286 | 0.1101 |

14 | 0.0281 | 0.2116 | −0.1477 | −0.2566 | 0.2768 | 0.293 | 0.2737 | 0.4701 | 0.5408 | 0.0912 |

Another unknown disturber's NEXT PSD is shown in

TABLE 3 | ||||||||||

Basis | ISDN | ADSL | ADSL | SDSL | SDSL | SDSL | HDSL2 | HDSL2 | ||

Coupling | BRI | HDSL | T1 | Down | Up | 400 | 1040 | 1552 | Down | Up |

1 | −0.1263 | −0.1531 | 0.1797 | 0.6762 | −0.1488 | −0.1932 | −0.1261 | 0.0157 | 0.0241 | −0.0991 |

2 | −0.1242 | −0.1854 | 0.0079 | 0.3648 | −0.2038 | −0.1926 | −0.0703 | 0.1312 | 0.0529 | −0.0818 |

3 | −0.1266 | −0.1688 | 0.313 | 0.7028 | −0.1603 | −0.1942 | −0.1581 | −0.0782 | −0.0807 | −0.1159 |

4 | −0.1261 | −0.1623 | 0.1296 | 0.4366 | −0.1548 | −0.1909 | −0.1397 | −0.0119 | 0.0125 | −0.1041 |

5 | −0.1252 | −0.1657 | 0.0506 | 0.4303 | −0.1632 | −0.1974 | −0.0994 | 0.1246 | 0.0505 | −0.093 |

6 | −0.1255 | −0.1552 | 0.6056 | 0.9228 | −0.1567 | −0.1965 | −0.1021 | 0.0863 | 0.0435 | −0.0914 |

7 | −0.1255 | −0.1927 | −0.0853 | −0.0648 | −0.1762 | −0.1981 | −0.181 | 0.082 | 0.0062 | −0.1382 |

8 | −0.1157 | −0.14 | 0.49 | 0.8042 | −0.14 | −0.1798 | −0.1017 | 0.0568 | 0.0363 | −0.0889 |

9 | −0.1249 | −0.2219 | 0.0936 | 0.1892 | −0.1996 | −0.1899 | −0.0778 | 0.1015 | 0.0512 | −0.0856 |

10 | −0.1253 | −0.2136 | 0.2077 | 0.523 | −0.1951 | −0.195 | −0.2051 | 0.0483 | 0.0358 | −0.2187 |

11 | −0.1255 | −0.1876 | 0.079 | 0.1361 | −0.1729 | −0.198 | −0.1518 | 0.0957 | 0.0408 | −0.1155 |

12 | −0.1182 | −0.1504 | 0.0243 | 0.4099 | −0.1452 | −0.1816 | −0.1273 | 0.0269 | 0.0238 | −0.0989 |

13 | −0.125 | −0.2314 | 0.5101 | 0.954 | −0.2014 | −0.1916 | −0.112 | 0.0639 | 0.0423 | −0.0944 |

14 | −0.1255 | −0.1746 | 0.0932 | 0.5948 | −0.1732 | −0.2015 | −0.1389 | −0.0766 | −0.0091 | −0.0984 |

In realistic cases it has been found that the DSL type of a single disturber with significant power is identified correctly nearly every time.

The case of mixed crosstalk arises when at least two different services are present in a binder. If the measured crosstalk PSD consists of the contribution of different kinds of disturbers, the identification algorithm described above would not identify the whole set of crosstalkers all at once but would identify the strongest candidate only.

In order to overcome this limitation in cases of mixed crosstalk, the method of the present invention uses a frequency-domain onion peeling technique based on spectral subtraction methods as set forth in

At the start **300** of the method the iteration counter is set to zero **305** and at step **310** a measurement of the PSD of a subscriber loop **18** is taken. Next at step **320** the first estimated PSD is set to the measured PSD as set forth below:

|*{tilde over (C)}* _{1}(*f*)|^{2} *≡|C*(*f*)|^{2} (5)

At step **325**, the iteration counter is set at one and the estimated PSD of the received crosstalk is correlated at step **330** with the basis set to identify the first source of crosstalk, i.e., the one having the highest correlation in accordance with the procedure described above.

The onion-peeling technique used to identify additional crosstalk disturbers can be explained by focusing on the crosstalk received on a single pair. The subscript k in equation (2) is dropped and y(m)=r(m)+n(m)+Σ_{i}h_{i}(m)d_{i}(m) is the noisy received signal in the sampled-time domain, where r(m) is the received message signal, n(m) is additive background noise, and y(m) is the noisy observation, respectively. To simplify further, define each crosstalk component as c_{i}(m)=h_{i}(m)d_{i}(m) so that the composite received crosstalk is c(m)=Σ_{i}c_{i}(m)=Σ_{i}h_{i}(m)d_{i}(m). Then ignoring the background noise and transforming to the frequency domain, Y(f)=R(f)+C(f). Power spectrum subtraction is defined as in the following:

|*{circumflex over (R)}*(*f*)|^{2} *=|Y*(*f*)|^{2} *−b*|{overscore (*C*(*f*)|^{2})} (6)

where |{overscore (R)}(f)|^{2 }is an estimate of the signal PSD, |Y(f)|^{2 }is the instantaneous PSD of the noisy observation, b is a coefficient chosen to minimize the residual error and |{overscore (C(f)|^{2})} is the time-averaged noise spectra. The basic assumption is that the noise is a slowly varying process so that averaging would not smear the noise spectrum.

Let c(m)=c_{1}(m)+c_{2}(m) be a composite crosstalk constituted of two crosstalk terms pertaining to two different DSL systems. Assuming that the identification algorithm (described above)identifies the strongest disturber that generated crosstalk c_{1}(m), an estimate of its PSD |Ĉ_{1}(f)|^{2 }can be obtained. At step **340** a decision is made as to whether the maximum correlation is greater than a set threshold. If it is not, then the algorithm has identified all of the crosstalk components. If it is, the identified component must be subtracted for further processing. Basically, the composite crosstalk c(m) can be viewed as a noisy observation of the useful signal c_{2}(m) embedded in the noise c_{1}(m). Because the output of the crosstalk identification algorithm is a true PSD obtained on the basis of a PSD mask and an estimated pair-to-pair coupling function, there is no need to perform an averaging operation on the estimated PSD of the strongest crosstalker (noise) |Ĉ_{1}(f)|^{2}. Moreover, the instantaneous PSD of the noisy observation |Y(f)|^{2 }(necessary in the original formulation of the problem because of the non-stationary nature of speech and music signals) can be replaced in our case by the measured PSD |C(f)|^{2}. Therefore, the power spectrum subtraction for crosstalk identification can be defined as

|*{tilde over (C)}* _{2}(*f*)|^{2} *=|C*(*f*)|^{2} *−|Ĉ* _{1}(*f*)|^{2}, (7)

yielding the residual PSD |{tilde over (C)}_{2}(f)|^{2 }at step **350** of

Due to the great variations in the pair-to-pair coupling functions, spectral subtraction can result in negative estimates of the power spectrum. Power spectra are non-negative functions of frequency, and any negative estimate of these variables should be mapped into a non-negative value. To avoid negative estimates, the power spectrum is post processed in steps **360** and **370** using a mapping function T[ ]of the form:

Empirically a good value of β ranged from approximately 0.0 to approximately 0.1. The simplest choice for the function Φ[•] is Φ[|C(f)|^{2}]=noise floor=−140 dBm/Hz. Another possible choice could be Φ[|C(f)|^{2}]=β|C(f)|^{2}.

A flow chart for implementing the crosstalk identification algorithm is given in _{2}(f)|^{2 }is fed to the crosstalk identification algorithm that is now able to unveil the nature of the second disturber and estimate its PSD |Ĉ_{2}(f)|^{2}. Steps **325** and **330** are reiterated until all disturbers are identified, i.e., the iteration ceases at step **380** when the maximum correlation is less than or equal to the threshold at step **340**. It has been found by simulations that overall accuracy is enhanced by retaining and using identified crosstalkers only if the maximum crosstalk correlation is greater than a certain threshold that is empirically determined. The threshold is preferably between approximately 0.7 and 0.99 and is more preferably approximately 0.9. An example of the technique follows.

Consider the measured mixed crosstalk given in

TABLE 4 | ||||

NEXT | Max | |||

Iteration | Power(dBm) | Correlation | DSL Type | Coupling # |

1 | −50.6 | 0.9719 | 1040 kbps | 7 |

SDSL | ||||

2 | −51.8 | 0.9235 | HDSL | 11 |

3 | −54.0 | <0.90 | None | |

The crosstalk identification method of the present invention as set forth in

The use of spectral subtraction may cause deterioration in the quality and the information content of the residual crosstalk PSD. In the literature, there are a number of variants of spectral subtraction that aim to provide consistent performance improvement across a range of SNRs.

The spectral subtraction equation can be expressed as the product of the noisy signal spectrum and the frequency response of a spectral subtraction filter as:

|*{circumflex over (R)}*(*f*)|^{2} *=|Y*(*f*)|^{2}−|{overscore (*C*(*f*)|^{2})}=*H*(*f*)|*Y*(*f*)|^{2} (9)

assuming for now that b=0, where the frequency response of the spectral subtraction filter is defined as:

The spectral subtraction filter H(f) is a zero-phase filter, with its magnitude response in the range 0≦H(f)≦1. The filter acts as an SNR-dependent attenuator. The attenuation at each frequency increases with the decreasing SNR, and conversely decreases with increasing SNR.

The least mean squared error linear filter for noise removal is the Wiener filter. The implementation of the Wiener filter requires the power spectra (or equivalently the correlation functions) of the signal and the noise process. The Wiener filter is based on ensemble average spectra of the signal and the noise, and the averaging operations are taken across the ensemble of different realizations of the signal and noise processes. On the other hand, the spectral subtraction filter, uses instantaneous spectra of the noisy observation and the time averaged spectra of the noise. This is necessary since in spectral subtraction only one realization of the noise process is available.

Spectral subtraction is computationally efficient because it only requires an estimate of the noise power spectrum. Because it does not utilize the statistics of the signal process, however, it may use too little a priori information. However, for an ergodic process, the time-averaged spectrum approaches the ensemble averaged spectrum, so that the spectral subtraction filter asymptotically approaches the Wiener filter. This property does not hold when processing speech and music signals because they are intrinsically non-stationary (and, therefore, non-ergodic). When spectral subtraction is applied to the present case of crosstalk identification, however, the quantities involved are true PSDs and not instantaneous or time-averaged ones. Therefore, the implementation of spectral subtraction may be viewed as a sort of optimal Wiener filtering. This interpretation may explain why spectral subtraction seems to perform very well when applied to successive crosstalk identification. The major limitation encountered is the non-linear processing distortion due to the necessity of mapping negative values into non-negative values. This distortion increases at every iteration when equation (8) is implemented and limits the accuracy of the method to the identification of up to a small number of different crosstalker types. From a practical point of view, this does not look as a major limitation because it is very unlikely that more than a few interferers cause performance degradation in any one DSL system.

There are methods other than correlation that may be used to identify the source of crosstalk including the use of multiple regression techniques and Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithms. Such methods would replace the identification of crosstalk disturber by correlation or could be used to refine the correlation method. Two other approaches to the problem of multiple disturber identification as described below, enhance the identification accuracy, thus by-passing the non-linear distortion problems due to the spectral subtraction technique.

Linear Multiple Regression Approach

Let

be the set of frequency samples of the measured crosstalk PSD caused by an unknown DSL disturber. Similarly, let

be the set of frequency samples of the basis crosstalk PSD profile caused by a known disturber. Let P be the number of all the basis crosstalk PSD profiles, so that the set of frequency samples of the k-th basis crosstalk PSD profile is

where 1≦k≦P. The problem is to find the single disturber that generates crosstalk Y given the set of all the crosstalk PSD profiles

i.e. to determine the relationship between the two variables X^{(k) }and Y. This is a classical statistical problem that is solved with linear regression. In particular, the linear regression model is:

*y* _{i} *=a* ^{(k)} *+b* ^{(k)} *x* _{i} ^{(k)} *+e* _{i} ^{(k)}, 1*≦i≦N, *1*≦k≦P* (11)

where the regression coefficients a^{(k) }and b^{(k) }are determined by the condition that the sum

of the squared residuals is minimum. The fitting of the regression coefficients is done over the N frequency samples. In so doing, P residuals are obtained and the DSL with the lowest S^{(k) }is identified as the disturber.

It is easy to show that the sum of squared residuals S^{(k) }can be expressed in terms of the correlation coefficient in (3). In fact, plugging into S^{(k) }the expression of the optimal regression coefficients, after some manipulation it can be shown that:

Now, since the term

is constant, the search for the minimum sum of squared residuals S^{(k) }is equivalent to the search of the highest correlation coefficient ρ_{X} _{ (k) } _{,y}. Therefore, the correlation method described for the single disturber case is equivalent to solving a single linear regression problem.

This interesting result justifies the possibility of addressing the problem of identification of multiple disturbers as a multiple regression problem. In fact, the linear multiple regression model is (1≦i≦N,1≦k_{j}<P, 1≦j≦M):

y_{i} *=a* _{0} ^{(k} ^{ 1 } ^{, . . . ,k} ^{ M })+*a* _{1} ^{(k} ^{ 1 } ^{, . . . ,k} ^{ M })*x* _{i} ^{(k} ^{ 1 })+ . . . +*a* _{M} ^{(k} ^{ 1 } ^{, . . . ,k} ^{ M })*x* _{i} ^{(k} ^{ M })+*e* _{i} ^{(k} ^{ i } ^{, . . . ,k} ^{ M } ^{)}, (13)

where M is the hypothesized number of disturbing DSL types. Standard techniques are available to solve this problem.

While standard techniques are available to solve such multiple regression problems the application of multiple regression techniques requires the use of several non-standard limitations. All non-zero coefficients must be positive, i.e. the power contribution to the spectral density by each disturber is positive. Moreover, there are many more potential disturber spectra than frequencies at which the power is evaluated, whereas standard regression techniques require that the number of independent variables be strictly less than the number of observations. Independent variables (the disturbers) may be disqualified from the model in pre-specified groups based upon a group's total power contribution to the modeled spectra. The problem of having more independent variables than observations can be solved by using the Singular Value Decomposition method described in the present invention that allows a dramatic reduction of the size of the crosstalk basis set. A way of checking that the coefficients remain positive may be efficiently addressed by computing the so called t- or f-statistics for every coefficient, so that we can eliminate a certain number of columns at every iteration on the basis of the variance of their estimation. These quantities cal also be used for the stopping criterion. One of the main advantages of using multiple regression techniques is the fact that no intermediate residual needs to be computed, thus alleviating the non-linear distortion effects due to the calculation of the residuals.

Matching Pursuit Approach

Rewriting equation (13) with M=P, i.e. considering all the PSD profiles of the basis, and by posing a_{0} ^{(k} ^{ 1 } ^{, . . . , k} ^{ M } ^{)}=0 it can be seen that:

*y* _{i} *=a* _{1} *x* _{i} ^{(1)} *+a* _{2} *x* _{i} ^{(2)} *+ . . . +a* _{P} *x* _{i} ^{(P)} *+e* _{i}, (14)

Passing to a vector notation, equation (14) can be expressed as:

where Y≡[y_{1 }y_{2 }. . . y_{N}]^{T }is the vector containing the measured crosstalk PSD from unknown disturbers across all frequencies, Ξ≡└X^{(1) }X^{(2) }. . . X^{(P)}┘ is the full rank N×P matrix containing all the PSD profiles, a≡[a_{1 }a_{2 }. . . a_{P}]^{T }is the vector containing the weighting coefficients, and E≡[e_{1 }e_{2 }. . . e_{N}]^{T }is the vector containing the residuals over all the frequency points, respectively.

In the majority of the cases of practical interest for crosstalk identification, it is the case that N<P. For example, the inventors have previously considered cases for which N=401 and P ranges between 80 and 2,560 (obviously, higher values of P yield lower misidentification rates). Since N<P, matrix Ξ constitutes an overcomplete set of vectors for

On the basis of the previous considerations, the problem of identification of multiple crosstalkers can be considered equivalent to the problem of finding an optimal sparse representation of a vector from an overcomplete set of vectors. Unfortunately, it has been recently shown that the optimal solution to this problem is an NP-complete problem and requires a combinatorial search of prohibitive cost. Thus, more practical but suboptimal vector selection algorithms have been developed. Among these algorithms, those suitable for the problem of multiple crosstalker identification are the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm and its variations, and the FOCal Undetermined System Solver (FOCUSS). Given a signal vector Yand an overcomplete basis Ξ, these algorithms solve the problem of finding the most compact representation of Y within a given tolerance using the basis vectors in the dictionary Ξ.

In order to apply these techniques to our problem, several modifications to the original algorithms must be implemented. In particular, in addition to the non-standard limitations mentioned above, some or all of the following modifications should be considered. At each iteration, the difference between the measured data and its projection along the direction of the chosen columns must be carried out. This difference must always be positive. When a column is chosen, it is added to the dictionary Ξ and no residual is computed. When a column is chosen, the whole dictionary is projected along that direction and no residual is computed.

In **410** the power spectral density (PSD) for a given line is measured. At step **420** the basis set of possible crosstalk disturbers is reduced using single value decomposition. The reduced crosstalk basis set is then used to identify, at step **430**, the of the identity of the crosstalk disturbers using either the MR or BBS technique described above. At step **440** the actual pair-to-pair coupling of the crosstalk disturber is then estimated using the MR or BBS techniques but utilizing the original complete basis set pertaining to the identified disturber.

It is also possible to combine the correlation method with the two methods of crosstalk identification previously described. This can be done by using the correlation method for an initial estimate of the first crosstalker, and then refining such estimate using the MR and BBS techniques. The correlation method would identify the type of crosstalker, and the MR or BBS algorithms would exploit this information to refine the estimate of the crosstalker. This combination of methods has proven to be very effective in the construction of good residuals so that the overall accuracy of the identification is enhanced. An example on how to combine these methods is given in **510** the power spectral density (PSD) for a given line is measured. At step **520** an iteration counter is set and at step **530** the identity of the crosstalk disturber is first estimated using the correlation technique described above. At step **535** the estimated crosstalk is refined using the MR or BBS techniques. At step **540** the stopping criterion is applied and is the identified crosstalk disturber falls within the stopping criterion then the method ends at step **580**. If the stopping criterion has not been met the residual is computed using spectral subtraction at step **550** as described above and the iteration counter is increased by a count of one at step **525**. The next most likely crosstalk disturber is then estimated in the next iteration which process continues until the stopping criterion is met.

The above description has been presented only to illustrate and describe the invention. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to any precise form disclosed. Many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The applications described were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application to enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the invention on various applications and with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. For example, it is known that the measurement of the power spectral density on a subscriber line could either be a direct measurement taken through a network analyzer or other equivalent device but could also include estimated measurements based on information provided to the system from a modem.

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